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Jocelyn Robinson

Jocelyn Robinson

Director of Radio Preservation & Archives at WYSO

Jocelyn Robinson is a Yellow Springs, Ohio-based educator, media producer, and radio preservationist.

She holds a BA in Art History from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and a Master’s in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Identity from Antioch University. In 2016 she earned a graduate certificate in Public History with a focus on Archives Administration, also from Wright State.

As an educator, Robinson has taught transdisciplinary literature courses incorporating critical cultural theory and her scholarship in self-definition and identity. She also teaches community-based and college-level classes in digital storytelling and narrative journalism.

A Community Voices producer at WYSO since 2013 and an AIR New Voices Scholar in 2014, Robinson's recent audio work has included West Dayton Stories at WYSO, and as an independent producer, contributing to the Goethe-Institut USA podcast, The Big Ponder and WHYY’s The Pulse.

Guiding the growth and development of the WYSO Archives for the past ten years, Robinson has worked to establish the archive’s infrastructure and position WYSO as a national leader in radio preservation. She is skilled in using historical media in content creation, producing Rediscovered Radio, a series of short documentaries using WYSO’s civil rights and Vietnam era audio as source material. With WYSO’s music director Juliet Fromholt, she is co-producer of the Rediscovered Radio “Women in the Archives” podcast, scheduled for a late summer 2023 release.

A member of the African American and Civil Rights Radio Caucus of the Radio Preservation Task Force at the Library of Congress, Robinson is project director of a multi-year effort to conserve and celebrate radio produced at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The HBCU Radio Preservation Project is anticipated to run through 2027 and is generously funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Jocelyn Robinson is a frequent speaker on the subject of radio preservation and has presented at meetings including the Radio Preservation Task Force, the Association of African American Museums, and the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2022 she was recognized with the Society of Ohio Archivists Merit Award, given to “individuals or organizations that have by excellence in deeds, actions, or initiatives improved the state of archives in Ohio over the past year.” She serves on the Third Coast International Audio Festival board of directors.